The Debate Over Same Sex Marriage

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Today’s society is all about controversy, whether it is political controversy or social controversy, society thrives on it. What is more controversial in today’s society than same sex marriage? It is a topic that has battered Americans for decades, and just recently has it been decided that same sex marriage and relations is awarded by the constitution. Before this it was at states discretion whether or not to allow those of the same sex to marry. But, on June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution gave legal rights to same sex couples to marry in all 50 states where prior to that only 37 states had legalized same sex marriage. (Freedom to Marry Inc.) So, what about those 13 other states, how did they feel about this…show more content…
But what others do not think about is just how resistant the American people have been to gay marriage being legalized, as it has taken a long period of time for the United States government to take action on implementing it as legal. Looking back all the way to 1972 starting with Baker v. Nelson in Minnesota a same sex couple, Richard Baker and Michael McConnell, were denied a marriage license by the county clerk’s office and went to court with it. This case made it all the way up to the Supreme Court resulting in a dismissal. (Freedom to Marry Inc.) The court’s action to deny the ability for same sex marriage couples to marry reflected that the freedom of people to marry only applied to opposite sex marriages. Most citizens were in agreement whether they were Republican or Democrat, that same sex marriage should be prohibited. The beliefs of the citizens and the courts about same sex marriage triggers a domino effect of events to come. Many actions were taken against same sex marriage over the years. On January 1st, 1973 Maryland became the first state to put a ban on same sex marriage. (Freedom to Marry Inc.) Jumping forward to September 21st, 1996 President Bill Clinton, whom is a part of the Democratic Party, signs the Defense of Marriage Act. The Defense of Marriage Act allows the unequal treatment of same sex couples who have been married legally and takes away their protections and responsibilities that marriage has at the federal level. (Freedom to
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